The logical response: a simple home programme plus the Backpod.

  • One home exercise to strengthen the support muscles of the middle back (middle and lower trapezius, rhomboids etc.) - takes 4 - 5 minutes.
  • Two simple home massages for upper trapezius muscle scarring.
  • One home exercise to strengthen the muscles which keep the chin held in (longus coli and other deep neck flexors) - takes 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Very simple posture instruction using the strengthened muscles.
  • Use the Backpod to stretch out the very tough, tightened collagen around a hunched thoracic spine. This is essential because otherwise it will just freeze up the joints again, even if they've been unlocked. Collagen responds best to a strong specific sustained passive stretch - which is exactly what the Backpod provides. No hands-on treatment (including chiropractic manipulation) does this, so therapist results are often only short-lived. The Backpod allows a lasting improvement.

It's this collection that works. Most treatment approaches cover only one aspect. The Backpod and its programme will aid and augment all therapeutic treatment approaches. This simple minimalist programme is in the Backpod’s user guide on the BACKPOD page.

Why just using a smartphone, tablet or laptop is such a problem for the neck?

Bending forward requires the muscles down the back of the neck (especially the upper trapezius) to work several times harder than when the head is upright. In 2013, the average U.K. 18-24 year-old spent 8.83 hours a day hunched over laptops, tablets and smartphones like this. Unsurprisingly, the muscles will often strain.

The body's repair of torn muscle cells involves scarring (adhesive fibrosis) - which is non-elastic. That's why the Backpod's programme includes simple massage - to break up binding scarring fibres and so restore the muscle to its normal healthy flexibility.

Source: Dr Kenneth Hansraj: 'Assessment of Stresses in the Cervical Spine Caused by Posture and Position of the Head', Surgical Technology international XXV (2014).

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